Category: Blog

Adult education and austerity

Post by Paul Stanistreet, freelance writer on adult education and social policy, which argues that adult education is ‘an essential part of the fabric of any civilized, democratic society’.

TES: Save adult education – before it’s switched off

Alan Tuckett, professor of education at the University of Wolverhampton and president of the International Council for Adult Education, says the AoC’s warning that we could have no public further education for adults by 2020 is a ‘terrifying prospect for our future productivity and competitiveness’.

Senior education figures condemn cuts

A number of senior and respected figures from the education and trade union worlds have signed a letter which condemns the cut to the adult education budget as ‘an act of vandalism’. The letter also says that the cuts are ‘perverse’ in an age of austerity when ‘economic growth requires a skilled population with funded opportunities for learning’.

Eddie Playfair: Which public service?

Eddie Playfair, Principal of Newham Sixth Form College, takes a pop at the lack of recognition from all political parties of the vital importance of investing in post-16 and adult education in the run up to the election.

TES: ‘We #loveFE’: sector unites in cuts protest

The TES have reported on the unprecedented unity that has arisen across the sector in the face of the government’s planned cuts to the adult learning budget, with support from over 20 sector bodies including trade unions, professional associations and college groups.

The Definition of Stupid

Claire Sully, lecturer and digital marketing agency MD, writes about how returning to education as an adult led to setting up a successful business, and how the cuts will undermine employer requirements around skills shortage vacancies.